Mossriver returns for Murphy

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I had the pleasure of catching up with Eagle Farm trainer David Murphy today and I was chasing him because we will see his very classy mare Mossriver step out this weekend.

For those wondering why she didn’t run last week you can stop wondering, it was simply the hard track and mainly the wide gate in a very hard race that was the reasoning behind waiting for this race and it looks a good decision by Murphy as this is more than winnable. She may bump into Rocker and possibly Excellantes, but on her day she is up to the challenge.

She is a really nice mare who always showed ability, but to my eye she stepped up to another level last prep and I asked David if he agreed with that, and if she could again improve this preparation. “She’s always had ability but I’ve had to look after her, she was Group 3 placed as a 3 year old after about six starts. Her problem as a young horse was she was so tall and she couldn’t get out of the barriers too well (She’s over 17 hands tall). She got her act together last preparation and started racing well, that was the difference, her ability has never been a question.” Murphy said.

I could sense David was looking forward to her getting back to the track and I can understand why. She will run at the Gold Coast in a couple of weeks’ time and then target the Group 3 Glenlogan Park stakes another fortnight after that. If she can run well in that race the team may look at the better races after that.

David and his team are based out of Eagle Farm and he keeps a nice team of around 14 horses. It’s interesting to note that he has Mossriver’s half-brother by Hussonet in the stable and he is very happy with its progression. Cavello Rapido I believe is the name and we may see him over the next month or so. David said he has been a ‘playful’ horse but has shown ability and looks forward to seeing him step out.

*David also has a website up and running http://www.murphyracing.com.au/

Jump on and find out more about him and his team.